Covid-19, caused by the coronavirus. So this is the pandemic that everyone is talking about. It is amazing that in a matter of months that the UK has currently identified 1,950 positive cases, with 71 deaths in total in the UK.
Due to the pandemic, the public across the UK have entered a stage of panic and terror, which has resulted in supermarkets being sold out of food and toiletry products. Specifically bread, rice and pasta, sanitizers and soaps and toilet paper.
Even though UK supermarkets have benefited financially from customers spending, other business such as cafes, restaurants and pubs are drastically losing customers. Selfridges in the UK has decided to close some stores because of the virus, and popular supermarket such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda have placed product restrictions towards customers buying grocery products.
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After witnessing the empty shelves myself in these supermarkets, I feel some people have been inconsiderate when thinking of others and have also forgotten that these stores will continue to operate even with people self-isolating themselves.
Also, some people need to remember, firstly it is not World War 3, and secondly sanitisers, soaps or any cleaning detergents are not prevention methods for the coroavirus, but are methods of reducing the chances of transmitting the infection. Prevention and reduction are two different approaches. However, the World Heath Organisation (WHO) are still learning how the virus is transmitted.
So far we know that:
- The coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets when people cough or sneeze.
- The virus affects the lungs and airways.
All I will say to people in the UK who are reading this blog are:
- Do some research yourself using the WHO or NHS website about the coronavirus so you can stay up-to-date with the information regarding the coronavirus and try not to panic.
- Be mindful about others when buying groceries from supermarkets.
- If you have been around someone who could have possibly contracted the virus, stay at home and follow the WHO or NHS guidances.
- Remember, you are not the only person experiencing the affects caused by the virus.